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Why Are French Men So Irresistible

Wendy went to France for the first time on 1999 and loved it so much that she moved there in 2005. Today she lives in the French countryside

French Men

We were sipping a glass of wine by the pool this afternoon among girlfriends talking about men -what else could we talk about? After all, we are in France- when it finally hit me why are French men so irresistible.

I think most women would agree with me that French men have a "je ne sais quoi" that makes them irresistible. They might not be the most handsome ones, but they are charming and lovable. But what makes French men so different to other Europeans or Americans? Here you will find the answer.

French Men Are Irresistible

Do you know that out of 5352 people who read this article and voted in the poll at the end of this page 87% agreed with the idea that French men are irresistible

French Actor Gaspard Ulliel

French actor and model who played French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic film Saint Laurent.

French actor and model who played French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic film Saint Laurent.

What Makes French Men so Irresistible?

  1. From the first impressions you recognize a French man by his outfit. A Parisian has no competitors for fashion sense. Ordinarily you would never buy an orange scarf for your boyfriend, until you see a Parisian walking along the Champs Elysees with an orange silk scarf complementing his "decontracte" style. Only the Italians come closer with their particular sense of elegance and distinction.
  2. Attitude. French guys look straight into your eyes when they are talking to you. Ok. Sometimes their eyes stray away towards your boobs, but quickly they come back to meet your eyes. It is actually considered bad manners not to look into the eyes of someone when you are talking to them and someone told me that it brings 7 years bad sex if you do not look straight into the eyes of someone when toasting!
  3. French men are passionate about anything they might be talking about which usually is food, wine or sex, sometimes all three at once!
  4. Conversation. With French men, you can talk about anything you talk with your girlfriends. It does not matter their education, any French man will be able to talk with you about the latest fashion trends, cooking recipes and of course wine and cheese.
  5. The French have a highly developed sense of smell. A French man actually appreciates your selection of toiletries. They can even recognize your perfume by name. I still remember the time I met a French fashion photographer in a Marbella nightclub, after being introduced he asked me -just to corroborate that he was right- if I was wearing Nilang, a perfume by Lalique, which at the time was only available in the Lalique shops in Paris so the scent was very exclusive and unknown. That impressed me!
  6. French men can cook. And I am not talking about an omelette or opening a can of baked beans... no, no, no. I am talking about delicious well-prepared meals cooked with lashes of fresh cream and herbs that you have never heard about; all served at a well-decorated table and eaten with three hours of delightful conversation washed down with a carefully selected bottle of wine.
  7. It does not matter what a French man tells you, if he says it in French you will be at his feet. Their accent, pronunciation and who knows what else are so irresistible, that I have almost fallen in love with many men without even having looked at their faces. Let's be honest with a French man it doesn't matter what he says but how he says it.
  8. French men are very expressive; they like to tell you how they feel and if they compliment you they really mean it. By and large they are not afraid to show their emotions. They will tell you that they love you, that they are mad about you and pour their heart out to you without feeling compromised for doing it. Even tough cinema actor Vincent Cassel has been quoted saying: "I think I'm actually more vulnerable than people imagine."
  9. Most men do not drink beer -whisky as an aperitif is more acceptable and wine with a meal. By and large a more elegant choice of drink.
  10. Their life does not revolve around football matches. In three years living in France, I have not yet met a football fan; at least not the type that spends Saturday afternoon in front of the tv. drinking a beer and cheering his team. They watch football, yes they do, as well as other sports, but given the choice they would actually prefer to spend time with you "wining and dining".
  11. French men are still gentlemen and as such they still pay for you when you go out with them. French men like to pick up the bill. I know many feminists will be outraged by this, but they do it naturally. If you go out dining with male friends you do not have to go through the awkward discussion of who ate what or take out the calculator to divide the bills. Most of them are just happy to pay for you.
  12. They know how to make you feel special.

Some of my Favourite French Actors Who Personify my Ideal of French Men are

Vincent Cassel

Born in Paris with impossibly blue eyes, Vincent Cassel is a star of European cinema. Famous for his tough guy roles and eclectic choices, is also known for being Monica Belluci's husband, although they separated on 2013 after 18 years of being together.

He is known worldwide through his film performances in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, as well as Black Swan.

Vincent Cassel has also been the face of Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance, La Nuit de l'Homme

Vincent Cassel

Vincent Cassel à l'avant-première du film "Le Moine"

Vincent Cassel à l'avant-première du film "Le Moine"

Gaspard Ulliel

At only 30 years old, Gaspard Ulliel is already and internationally recognized actor thanks to the role of Hannibal Lecter on Hannibal lecter the origin of Evil where he plays in English. He is also known internationally thanks to his role on Yves Saint Laurent on 2013. He is also “the face” of Chanel’s perfume Bleu.

I personally find his timid smile and "bad boy" looks absolutely irresistible.

Gaspard Ulliel at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

In the States, Gaspard Ulliel (pronounced ull-yell, preferably with a French accent) is most commonly referred to as ‘that one French dude’ or ‘the sexiest man on the planet’

In the States, Gaspard Ulliel (pronounced ull-yell, preferably with a French accent) is most commonly referred to as ‘that one French dude’ or ‘the sexiest man on the planet’

Gerard Depardieu

I know, This is actually a weird choice for many. I am not blind and I don't think of Gerard Depardieu as a beauty icon, I know that he is by no means a handsome hero but if you have ever seen him playing Cyrano de Bergerac (in French original version) you will understand why there was not a better choice for the character and why so many women are mad about him. Just listen to the video of Cyrano talking to his beloved Roxane. Like her you will feel your knees going like jelly at the whisper of Cyrano and his beautiful words.

Alain Delon

Alain Delon

Alain Delon

Alain Delon

An icon of French cinematography, one of the few incredibly handsome French actors. Even now aged 79 he is still hot and you can see him in his latest film Astérix aux jeux olympiques (2008), where he plays Julius Cesar.


Vincent Perez:

Although born in Switzerland (1962), Perez is considered a French actor. He has been quoted saying "j'étais perdu, sans pays, la france m'a adopté" (I was lost with no country and France adopted me).

Vincent Perez has a soulful, exotic-look about him and if you listen to him in French, you could just melt like an ice cream.

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One of my favourite films where he features along with Isabelle Adjani is "La Reine Margot". Like the Newsday reviewed it: a film " Filled to the brim with dramatic family confrontations, death-bed scenes, poisoned books, sex, redemption and expert scenery. Every moment is riveting, every actor gives his all. Particularly good are (...) Vincent Perez as Margot's hot-blooded beloved, La Mole."

Vincent Perez

M. Pokora

M. Pokora or Matt Pokora, is one of my favourites French singers. He was just perfect on the role of Robin Hood in the French musical comedy “Robin des Bois”. He is also known for his big heart as he is a great supporter of charity causes particularly AIDS and children charities.

French Singer M. Pokora

M. Pokora at the NRJ Music Awards 2013

M. Pokora at the NRJ Music Awards 2013

M Pokora - Catch me if you can

What do you think... Do you agree?

© 2008 Wendy Iturrizaga


Romy on March 12, 2018:

Hahah this post is real funny, I am French thus have interacted with a lot of French men, and this would be a great generalization .... Most French men are not like this at all lol. On some points, sure some of them.. but thats it. Most guys drink beer, maybe not during a meal but they sure do. Some men know about Fashion, rarely about perfume. Most French men I know are quite bad at communicating, and talking about emotions... and when it comes to picking up the check... in this day and age, sometimes they will but sure is not the majority of the time.

It is great to talk up French men but that is a dream that isnt actually true lol

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 29, 2016:


Yassi on June 28, 2016:

My boyfriend is french n I agree with most of the things said!

Jessica on April 14, 2015:

This must be why frenchmen cheat so much because like you, so many women will fall for their charms. Don't be those ones without thinking much of them outside their irresistableness. Personally I don't think Frenchmen are special besides the traits you listed because they can also be very rude and perverted. Most of them are and its sad.

Joaquin' on March 24, 2015:

Hello! Being french in U.S. different. Frenchwomen like florin said , some do act like princesses (this is true). That being put i'm a French man who has learned to adopt some Mexican/American habits. French men do not like to drink beer?!?! I beg to differ ;) i understand generalized notion but please refrain from saying we are suppose to have great fashion sense. Word of advice: Please refrain from too much generalize.

Joaquin' Ducharme.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on March 13, 2015:

Of course it is a Generalization John, and above all something to make us dream about the French lover. Thanks for reading and commenting and if you are not as perfect as depicted above, just keep trying... we will love you just for that

john doe623 on March 13, 2015:

Its generalism. Every1 is different. ``12: They know how to make you feel special.`` thats a big compliment. other than that, its generalism. very fun to read, I hope I could be as a perfect man as detailed. But Im far from this.

Florian on December 17, 2014:

I'm a 43 y.o french man, and I can describe myself as a gentleman. Yes, I pay the bill when having a drink/dinner with a woman, I open doors to let her get inside before me, and I make sure she spends good time when in my company. This is the old school manner, I have to admit, but I think that it's a sure value. Most French women just act like princesses and play it "hard to get" whereas foreigners women appreciate a sense of delicate polite manners. Simplicity and truthful attention always pay :-)

Epeo on November 23, 2014:

I'm mixed-race (black/white) and a little overweight but when I went to France I had no problem attracting the attention of Frenchmen, especially the white ones, Algerian and African ones seem to be oblivious to be for whatever reason. I'm dating a French guy right now, he's charming + very romantic but he has no fashion sense lol. I do like the French in general though.

François on September 05, 2014:

What a ridiculous pile on nonsense.... you must probably mix "French" with "Parisians" because your description makes me think of parisian snobbery more than anything else. "French don't drink beer" seriously....

Go spend week or two in Brittany and get a clue.

Source : I'm French

Henri-Emmanuel on August 26, 2014:

je suis d'accord avec toi Pirncessa :)

c'est vrai que beaucoup de français sont comme ça haha

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on May 22, 2014:

melvaughn : Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy. Do it because YOU want it and not because you feel you must. Above all do not forget to be on the safe side and take precautions.

melvaughn on May 21, 2014:

I'm a virgin and about to have a fling with an extremely hot french guy. I know it's a bit unsafe since I don't know him very well...I've just reached an age where I'm looking to get it over with and I figure why not do it with a french guy who I find physically attractive. He's soo much my type, I figure I can't go wrong.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on May 15, 2014:

mittah: enjoy!

mittah on May 15, 2014:

I am a south african,who has recently befriended a french man. we agreed to be just friends,however the level of affection he displays! ooh my,leaves me hungry for more. He always embraces me in one way or another. I have to exercise mass restraint when we have our wine and dine sessions. I'm not sure if this is conventional friendship to the french but I am in a dillema about this one. Passion is always the order of the day for him

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on April 10, 2014:

WhiteMuse: One thing is working with them (which yes could be annoying) and a very different thing is dating them ;-)

WhiteMuse on April 09, 2014:

I don't really think so. I know some could have something. I find them to be conceited and annoying. Maybe there is just something where they are not that nice to me. I did not enjoy working with them that much. There are other offices I liked better. You should see them in the office. I don't think anyone was really crazy about our other boss. I would like now still really for them to leave me alone. Andre was nice he asked me if I wanted the coffee that was good but still.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on March 08, 2014:

Kezia: The thing with the "prototype Frenchman" is that he is passionate, and he is not timid to express this passion. What to do with the guy? follow the flow, don't freak out

Kezia on March 07, 2014:

I have crush of course french guy.. we met 2 moths ago in Bali. Now he stay in Perth and i still in Bali.

But he still whatsapp n skype me, asking me to relationship, always saying " Je t'aime,,, u are the only one,, and the freaky words is : u are a mother of my children,, my future wife..."

I just wondering why french guy too easy says like that..

coz really different with germany,american, dutch etc guys..

I need suggest.. What i have to do with the guy??? Yeah he's handsome, and the type of me.. But i feel weird with his flirting more.

Ann on December 03, 2013:

i live in France and the guys is really nice but about relationships the are idiots ahhahahha insecure and controlling guys completely different than I imagined.. almost girls like christian grey.....they don't have serious relationships with foreign and they think that you are super easy and insecure about who you are because you are not a french girl... when you demonstrates the opposite they get confused....but it's really amazing have french guys from friends ;) just friends

karen on October 18, 2013:

They are also generous. They are very impressed when you talk French. They are very proud of being French. They deserve it too.

Kalden le Kabyle on September 18, 2013:

This is more of a fetish than liking the French men.You just get turned on by their too feminine side.You must be a very emotional woman ,or a tomboy.

The only thing about the French men that I believe is different than other men,is they can act girly by showing their emotions and dress like what it is considered gay men in other countries,and that is actually acceptable in their culture.I don't see anything wrong with it,since every culture is different.

I like all girls from every culture,race or whatever,and that is because I am a man.

But,if I see a kabyle woman,especially if she is dark haired and not blond,I feel like my feet are not touching the ground anymore....and that because I am a Kabyle myself,and that is what I grow up seeing and feeling pride of the beauty of our women.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on September 02, 2013:

Carri: You are right, about the idea that we are attracted to men/women who are difficult to get -for us- and also about men of différents nationalities being irresistible. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 31, 2013:

I think most of us are attracted to men from foreign countries. For example I love British men... their accents make me melt and they speak so intelligently, but would I feel the same way if I was myself British? It is the diversity and unique characteristics that makes us attracted. Some women in other countries may find American men irresistible...others maybe Russian or Cuban etc.. It seems like everyone wants what they can't have or can't find where they live. My husband is half Italian and I love that about him because he has a passion for cooking, is family oriented and has great olive skin. But at the end of the day I'm attracted to my husband for who he is and not where he came from :) Have a wonderful day. PS: In all cultures there are irrestible men and some not so irresistible :)

OliR on August 26, 2013:

hey all,

I am French, I leave outside France since a few years and have a Nordic girlfriend. Having met so many various nationalities I can step back and now I have a better view of what the typical French is, and I find it funny, sometimes disappointing but overall positive.

I just want to say first thanks about the nice description. What you describe here is really the way the true, nice and well educated, well in their skin, elegant French guy behave. Nice guys I know, behave like you describe, IT IS TRUE. BUT of course you find a lot of women who never met those men, but it could be that they are not lucky, or simply, let’s be realistic, not "desirables" enough to be treated so well by these gentlemen.

Please don’t treat me fool, I am not saying that women are not desirable but rather that French can be good actors when they want.

Indeed French are pretty straightforward, they can give their best but also be the contrary if they don't like the people they face, then they can be very direct, and proud, and not nice at all.

Remember also, and I am not racist here, that there are lots, lots of strangers in France, or sons of strangers, who behave differently. You will not find the charming French guy on the “Champs Elysees”…they are somewhere else.

As for me, I cannot cope with French girls, not so good looking, arrogant, constantly trying to find the guy who will meet 100% of the criteria of their little wish list out of their Vuitton bag, smoking all the time, and sometimes unfortunately, very vulgar language (again very typical from the immigrants settled in France, generation or previous one does not matter). The typical French girl will always claim to be the equal of men due to the feminist fashion wave of the 70’s, but you will rarely see them working outside or doing manual jobs (they should go in Sweden to see what equality really means).

MC on July 13, 2013:


If only it was true !!!

I'm a French woman and I'm sorry but there's really few French guys like you describe ! Perhaps American men are usually rude but trust me, once you're seduced, French didn't cook anymore !!

Sophie on June 25, 2013:


I am a French woman, and I live in France, I agree with your point of view.

Your examples are so delicious and so glamour.

I don't meet the same in real life....

So I have to continue dreaming ...

Louis FL on June 21, 2013:


I am a French man in Florida and I am gonna stay there for a few months.

I am there for now a month but young women don’t seem to be so kind with french men.

Is it only in Florida ?

Flo on June 07, 2013:

I'm french and i agree

anggunSD on June 03, 2013:

dear Princessa..

I definitely agree with everything what u wrote here.

and i just feel really stupid Indonesian girl to make a mistake and i broke up with my French men last week.

Damien on May 24, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading this page and the comments!

I'm French and i just want to say a thing, all the French are not as you defined, yes we're gentle with girls, yes we have a romantic side, but we're not all like that unfortunately...

I'm 23 and i'm will soon go live in Irelande (Dublin), i'm also single and after a lot of relationships in France i want to find me a foreign girlfriend to experiment something new!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on May 10, 2013:

Christophe: Bonjour, I have been in Annecy, pretty lovely city. Thanks for your input.

Christophe on May 10, 2013:

Hi everybody, i'm a 30 years old french man from Annecy a little and beautiful city in the Alpes mountains. I'm felling very honored about this page dedicated to the french men, and some things make me laught a lot.

However i'm a bit sad to tell that but, a lot of us drink beer front of a soccer game in tv !!

I know i destroy a myth but please, don't hold it against me ;)

Veronika on May 01, 2013:

No. 10, football is the most famous sport in France, following bicycle and tennis. Frenchmen love football, seriously. And... No.11, are you joking? I have been with this French guy (he is from Paris, the big city!!) for 7 years and he just LOVES TO GO DUTCH no matter during the beginning of our relationship or after 7 years of time spent together. He is so incredibly shabby and ungenerous. Anyway, I just broke up with him 3 months ago just because his personality was too strange. Frenchman? No more please.

pokeyoat on April 21, 2013:

I definitely agree with the great fashion sense part. A lot of french men look like they just stepped out of a magazine cover. Great hub!

Charles on April 05, 2013:

You live in a fairy tale ! I've been living my whole life in Paris and I don't know who your sources are but they obviously don't know Parisian and French men well, I don't want to be rude and say at all. It's so perfect that it looks like a joke : cooking, paying, conversing ... Please ! Not that I'm not proud that people think that about French men but it's not true for ALL 100% of men of France. Another comment I'd like to add is that : US citizens please stop criticizing French people for their hygiene ! If you haven't been in France keep your nasty comments to yourself : it's exactly as if I were to say that all Americans look like the horrendous people from PeopleOfWalmart : fat, ugly, disgusting, dirty redneck slobs ! On the mistress part your President showed the world how great husbands Americans are, thanks Bill ! So once again keep calm and look at what's going on on your side of the Atlantic ...

Merci :)

cecile chaudesaigues on March 31, 2013:

i'm french and i can tell you that men you are describing don't exists in my country. They will kill father and mother for a soccer game, they never cook, they never help at home, they drink a lot of beer... They don't talk about somrthing else than theirselves... But we loved them anyway. I married one... But believe me they are not differents from other men...

AAinslie on March 30, 2013:

The one exception (and I hate to bust your bubble) is oral and physical hygiene. They, mostly, #fail. it's cultural.

Benoit on March 28, 2013:

Merci for this reporting! Foreign women in France realize just how genial French men are. We are sensitive persons and have very intimate relations with our girlfriends. It is our culture. I already speak with several American girl about this article and they completely agree with you. I think that vis-à-vis American guy, we are more passionate and more attentive. And this is true for all of our relations - wife, concubine and girlfriend.

Tania on March 27, 2013:

Well, I'm French and I can say that there are different kind of French guys, like in any other countries ! But if there's one thing I know, for having lived 4 years abroad with an international community, it's that French guys are more subtle and educated than American guys ! I'm sorry, but I find american guys very plain and not charming at all, often really awefully dressed and not interesting to talk to... I guess I like brits more or even canadians better ! Well, I like the optimistic side of American guys, I think they make great friends but that's it lol !

I don't particularly like French guys either, let's say I like all kind of guys, from everywhere, except Americans ! They really turn me off. But they're definitely nicer than French guys to me !

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on March 27, 2013:

Theresa: point taken!

Loulovesherguy from England and France on March 26, 2013:

I adore my French man as much as I did years ago, nothing will change it either, for me the British men pale into insignificance.

talm on March 26, 2013:

has anyone mentioned that french men also happen to be super emaciated? i feel like that's important enough to mention.

Theresa on March 26, 2013:

I just wanted to invite you to actually try some fine, artisanal beer before passing judgments that equate drinking beer with not being very attractive. Try a fine Belgian double or triple, a golden ale, a refreshing lambic, a barley wine, then decide whether drinking beer eliminates a man from being sexy. Not all beer drinkers are pounding down Budweisers.

Jérôme on March 26, 2013:

It's a pleasure to read this.

Merci ;-)

Pierre on March 26, 2013:

Merci pour les compliments, much appreciated as french, thus I think you have been lucky enough to meet only great people in France ;-) Having said that, watching people with such goodwill as you do helps definitely to make people become more beautiful and friendly ! Having travelled a lot, I had also the privilege to meet great people and not so great in any country I have been landing. Cheers from France and keep watching people like this !

In Paris for 3 months on March 07, 2013:

There are two types of men: men who attract women, and men who do not. In the former category, french men beat out most other types of men because french men - - the types who attract women - - are ultra polite, attentive, romantic, interesting conversationalists, etc. On the flip side, as some have pointed out, some french men are nothing to boost about. But THEY DO NOT MATTER IN THIS DISCUSSION. You see, we are talking about men who actually enjoy women and who actually attract women. Out of all the men that attract women, that like women it is the french men who come out on top.

Charlie on February 17, 2013:

I am French and I lived for nearly 3 months with my ex gf who was American, we were really in love, I think american women are much more sexier, fun and they know how to express themselves more I think....French women are for me a bit boring....

Bella on January 10, 2013:

Well, My boyfriend is french. And I've been discovering his culture for over a year and yes they have that something but it's not like if they are the last glass of water in the world. However not Only NorthAmerican girls died for them almost all over the world respect french people for their educational and technology advance. I just think that sometimes they are not so kind either, they complain about everything and they don't get surprise by anything they are not that expressive but let's ge it straight, europeans are like that usually. A lot of them can't cook a lot, but one thing they have they love latinas, so way to go for latinas :)

I like this article though it's kinda funny and also express the experience of girls who have visited France

ParisGirl on December 20, 2012:

Ok, I have to add here that I know the French culture WELL. I am American and have been married to a Frenchman for several years. Everything I heard about French men, my husband is NOT. He does NOT cook, not passionate about ANYTHING and boring in the bedroom (even at the beginning). I don't even think he would have an affair because that would mean he'd have to like sex and be passionate which he is neither. He never kisses me. He lacks charm although he does have a good sense of humor and he does dress impeccable.

Now on the other side, I have been residing in France for a few months and have come across the typical Frenchman. A LOT. One in particular is capturing my attention. He is totally irresistible. Compliments me, Amazing dresser, charming, accent (dear god help me) and everything above. Passionate. And married. So, while yes, many Frenchman are as you describe I married the one that is not. UGH.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 22, 2012:

Antoine, thanks for sharing with us a different perspective on the whole French-man foreign girl perspective.

A.M.D on November 16, 2012:


So it is interesting, as a French man who dated an American girl (almost got engaged with her) in a foreign country, I can say that my experience with my US gf was really a passionate one. I could actually feel this passion coming from her, and was happy to give her back, I was in love for sure, but I think the passion was guiding us by the fact that we were both exotic to each other and that we were in a foreign country (China at the time). After that we started a long distance relationship and I could go all the way to visit her in the states each time I had vacation, would treat her at restaurant all the time (courtoisie francaise n'est-ce-pas?!) and the first 2 weeks of us we made love constantly and consistently ... We ended up living together in the same country where we had met but ended our relationship nearly one year later. Officially because I had cheated on her, but the passion was just over, the routine killed us and it was better like this. Now I am happily married to a Chinese girl, and expecting a baby, so excited!! I am very thankful to my ex girlfriend because she taught me English and also learnt a lot about her culture etc. it really is an eye-opener to date a girl with different culture. but one thing put me off a little was her mother is obese and very bad character, I could have not seen her as my mother in law, not in my worst nightmare, total lack of savoir-vivre!!

Chairman Mao bless you!


Emilie on August 29, 2012:

I'm French and I live in France but I prefore American guys. They are so sexy. (Sorry, I don't speak English)

natosha on July 28, 2012:

french people are sooooooooooo ugly they're the uglyiest people God has ever created like soooooooooooooooo ugly

Sakura on June 08, 2012:

Marie-Bénédicte. I agreed with you. My boyfriend is a French guy.

nana on May 24, 2012:

Thanx Marie-Benedicte,more than enjoying in reading........more

Joanne on April 26, 2012:

I don't think French men are irresistible, it's just that American women follow a stereotype

Marie-Bénédicte... once more! Oops! on March 23, 2012:

Hope nana will enjoy the above (all true, I swear)

Marie-Bénédicte... again on March 23, 2012:

In addition to this, I want to say it made me laugh to see Gérard Depardieu in the sexy list. You're gonna laugh hour head off here: I LIVE IN THE SAME STREET AS HIM (rue Saint Placide - 6th district of Paris) and see him often, we have the same newsagent. Although I can't say he's not a nice man, I wouldn't go as far as saying a man '6 for 23 stone is "sexy"... his beer (more wine) gut is bigger than my best girlfriend's tummy when she was expecting her twins. But he always says "hi", and helps the occasional old girl cross the street. Yet if the subject is sexiness, well I have no French name!

sophia0817 you're bloody lucky, you found the 1/billion, advice keep him and make sure he moves over to Blighty quick!! Best o'luck to u2

Marie-Bénédicte on March 23, 2012:

I had to read 2wice all that is written on here... I CANNOT BELIEVE what you say about Frenchmen, it's so CLICHÉ. Let me get this right: I am French, and live in central paris. Would I own a big flat I'd invite you all to come.

- Frenchmen are (top top list) incorrigible CHEATERS!! Yes, it is in the culture. Sons, husbands, father in laws, brothers, uncles, grand dads THEY ALL CHEAT, or they're not considered as males by their mates.

- Frenchmen are misogynists (disregarding women).

- Frenchmen are misers (alright for a bunch of flowers - cause Mom told them it was good for gettin lasses, but don't expect diamonds, or culture perls!!)

- Frenchmen are not inspiring (just dull, they rely on their so called reputation)

- Frenchmen are self-centred, selfish, opinionated, arrogant, not extremely clean (shower & soap wise) oh but they do use cologne (what they call "perfume for men"!!

- Frenchmen snore, pick their nose and fart in public (if doen't disturb others since when should it disturb them to so do!)

Hey, I could go on and on about it. Truth, I began to "live" when I dropped French boyfriends. I now have a pure Yorkshire lover, who is... Yummy, in all circumstances.

To Brit lasses: don't you think the grass is greener in your neighbour's fiels, cause you might very well find out heaven is in you own garden. Luv ye all, good luck!

Marie-Bénédicte xx

nana on March 05, 2012:

More comments please,am really enjoying to read this eventhough I really don't like French

Courtney L J on March 04, 2012:

ha! laughed out loud a few times in this article. especially that you included the Cyrano clip- you really think Gerard Depardieu is hot in that? In any case, you are probably right about these things. French can't get much different than our American men ;)

Helen on March 02, 2012:

Well it is indeed truth that the French menre gentlemen, but as it happens anywhere else we can find all those characters above in men from around the world and from different ethnicities.Lets not stereotype though that all French men are like that, But there is a but, I have been travelling to some countries, have met different men from different countries, But the best thing about French man is that he is Kind, they have this amazing Kindness that i never seen in other man. Oh yes and they are a great romantics! well not every French again!! but the majority. and about the Italian men,oh yes they have the charm, they have the look, but they are not so kind. French man can look at you with that innocent eyes and you see how much human he is, how much he care about human being. Thank You for the article it's fun!!!!! :) Peace.

nana on January 12, 2012:

It'so interesting this to read ,generally am against French bcs they are very selfish and 'nose up' people and had a few bad experiences but I would straight go again to date one bcs they are really something special.Hate myself for this..

sophia0817 on December 29, 2011:

I have French boyfriend and you're right,he is the most romantic person.I live in UK (but from Asia)and he travels across the boarder once a week just to see me(not including sms every morning and night,just to say good night and good morning). He takes shower everyday and never stinky. He watch football but not crazy about it,i love him dearly not because he is french but because of his nature.

InParis on November 28, 2011:

You are very right Princessa, and that's a really rude and wrong stereotype. I have never had a boyfriend or worked with a man in Paris, where I live, that fitted the description of Monsieur, and I think that I have been closer to French men that he will ever get! Well, that is obviously an assumption, but....

French men are in general civilized human beings, so let go of the old stereotypes, isn't it about time?!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 28, 2011:

Monsieur: I have done that countless times and I have not yet experience what you say. I think that is an old stereotype that has nothing to do with reality.

Monsieur on November 28, 2011:

French guys don't shower on a daily basis. Just go and visit Paris and walk behind a "cute" French man and get ready to experience the most disgusting odor...

Princela on November 24, 2011:

I've ever had relation with one Frech man, he was very nice at the firt time, but just 6 month he changed. I couldn't believe that he can change to a very different person, of course, he is very bad, selfish, not kindness and cheating. I still sad everytime when thinking about him. I should not love him. French guy is very bad..very selfish..very smoking, nothing good

Natdup on November 19, 2011:

I have moved to france a few months ago..when i got here i dated a welsh drinking,sport fanatic who wouldn't even dare pay for my meals, nevermind the 1hr a day to do his hair. But two months ago, i was one of the lucky ones...I met a french man and yes of course not all of them fall into this category, but everything you have described above is more than fitting the bill, even down to the smelling. Good article

Loulovesherguy from England and France on November 01, 2011:

Hi Arthur,

I am sure you are wrong as there is someone for everyone, maybe she is not the right girl for you?

I don't know any girl who doesn't like to be romanced.

Have you got things in common with her? What do you class as being romantic, maybe we can give you some other ideas too? You can always send me a private message and I will help if I can.


Arthur Belanger on October 31, 2011:

Heyyy! I'm French, but the problem is that not a single woman has feelings for me. They say I'm a great guy, but I always try to be extra romantic, yet that doesn't work. Any ideas? Please respond, because there's this girl I'm dying for, but she doesn't love me back. Please help!

Elise on October 28, 2011:

As a French woman who has lived in France all her life, I found this post very amusing. It's always funny to see foreigners fantasize about the French. Of course, there are men like you described, but to turn French men into such a stereotype (as nice as it is, mind!) is just amusing.

Also, French men not being into football? Maybe "American football", yes, as no-one cares about it here, but if you were thinking of "soccer" then you obviously didn't meet a lot French men lol

Fromphilippines("FILIPINA) on October 20, 2011:

and yet

" im a very down to earth person i love surprises! and easy to fall with him"=). at my age of 25 i never had a serious relationship!.. never been "___" but i still believe in soul-mate..

before i forgot! he keeps on telling me that he wants to be with me and have a baby with me and to live with each other and bear a happy family."

Pricess Diana

Fromphilippines("FILIPINA) on October 20, 2011:

hi. im an attractive girl Many say so!5'6 in height.. i can say im pretty enough!

(Conscious to meet a french men)can you help me?

i am chatting with a french men.!. i never met him in personal."but i can tell you that everytime we chat looking him in the webcam i can feel his presence and the way he expressed his feelings with me." he came here in the Philippines Twice just to meet me but i never get a chance to meet Him coz i was afraid!..he always telling me what he really feels with me..

"and now hes giving me a chance To meet him again!.. and i cant you think he is serious???

-well i love reading this Hubpage (Princessa tell me what to do."..

im Diana( PRincess Diana)..=)


nana on October 18, 2011:

Just to let you know,I had again Frenchie and the same thing happened to me and he told me that he'll show me that not all French are the same.......I had to say this...

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on October 17, 2011:

Catherine: Merci pour poster votre commentaire

Loulovesherguy: Me too, I love mine to bits! and 88% of the more than 2200 people who voted on the poll agree with us ;-)

nana: sorry to hear that, but like everything in life there are lots of exceptions. Good luck next time.

nana on October 03, 2011:

Well,I wouldn't agree with you,I had boyfriend French and he was very rude and arogant to me and he really made me to feel very bad

Loulovesherguy from England and France on September 23, 2011:

Just a thought...How many of us still think the same about our 'Frenchies?'

I know I still do....

Catherine on September 23, 2011:

Je pense que vous parlez français. Votre article m'a beaucoup amusée. Les mythes ont la vie dure !!! ,-)

Je ne sais pas si les françaises partageraient votre opinion...

Quant aux notes de restaurant payées par ces messieurs, cela se perd.

Le bon temps semble fini !

Au plaisir de vous lire.

dee wulansari. on September 18, 2011:

i thought it's just an urban legend... but when i met my french boyfriend at the 1st sight, i felt my heart jumped onto my throat, and gag me out of words, blushed all the way he looked at me in the eyes for our 1st 'sante' , ...when he kissed my eyes...then after we passionately made love, some were lingering, some were brutal ;) but still with the showers of his touches, then i do 100% believe, je ne sais quoi...french guy, is the legendary heartthrob.

Amélie on September 03, 2011:

After seven years of English, I like to think that I am fluent, but that is not so. Sorry for any errors that there are.

I agree with what you said. I was born in Paris, raised in Paris, and dated Parisians my life before I moved to America. It is a definite change when you switch contries.

There are a lot of things that I admires about americans, but I have to say that I more like the French, in terns of dating.

The French will always look you in the eye, that is how we are raised, and is very true. They are the window to the soul. They also love to give flowers! Each has a meaning, and we love to use them as another route of expressioning.

Lovers, yes. We are. Mostly. Also, much better kissers. I was surprised when I was in America.

Someone said something about being hiton in the streets of Paris. Also very true. Much less common in America. Kind of.

I find the british accent very sexy. :) I can mimic an american accent fairly well, but the british impress me.

In america currently, missing my home in France, but loving the hamburgers and mexican-food! Oh, and TV!


Amélie M. Tavernier.

InParis on August 19, 2011:

Well, even if I do agree that French men are in general very charming and so on, it's not all of them; France has it's share of not nice men you would do best to stay away from! Maybe you are talking about the classier Parisian men? I live in Paris, parisienne, and I do think that the men you describe are very much like a lot of men you might meet here, in the nicer parts of Paris; but go to a poor banlieu area, and you will see a different France, unfortunately. The men you describe are the ideal, yes?

PS. I adore Vincent Perez, and he, I guess, along with Alain Delon, are to me the perfect pictures of French men, the way they should be :) the way all men would be in a perfect world :)

PS. French guys do watch sports and drink beer :)

Mslgray on August 16, 2011:

hi i am from asia and i met a french guy from a dating site, we've been talking for over a year now, and i must admit that we get into the relationship as gf & bf and it is a year now, he is a consistent guy, was sweet, loving and he really do everything i would say..

we have not met yet but he is coming december this yr 2011, i just wanna know if french guys are someone worth to be really trusted? what can u advice... thanks.

Gregory on August 11, 2011:

MM where are you ladies at? I am a Frenchman (born and raised in Paris, now in the U.S. military) and am having a hell of a time trying to find a single Indian woman. I LOVE Indian women but they are as rare as your idea of us Frenchmen :)

Charmers on July 23, 2011:

I agree with this article i work with a frenchman and he is charming,funny,and makes me weak at the knees and if i wasn't taken i would have an affair in a flash!YEP IRRESISTABLE ALRIGHT!!!!!

Naomi's Banner from United States on July 15, 2011:

There is a look a french man carries that cannot be matched by any other but there are others who are equally gorgeous in different ways. The french men that I have had the priviledge of knowing are exactly as you described. They make you feel like you are the only one in the room when they are speaking with you like no one else matters. They do make great eye contact and they spend a lot of time looking at your lips which makes it very hard to resist kissing them. They are true gentlemen in every sense of the word. Nice Hub and loved the music.

venus-mercury from NYC on June 10, 2011:

This is a very important question I was dating a french man for a short time, we had a great time together he came back to the States with me, we had a misunderstanding, we did have contact upon his return back to france, I felt he was sorry and so was I. Now it has been two years, and never heard from him since, I want to know if French men believe in contacting the person again he told me he was crazy about me or he would say in French I can't help myself when I am with you. The disagreement was so silly, however I did try to reach out to him two months ago and still never heard.

Any suggestions to help put this to rest.

Thanks in advance

in commom on June 02, 2011:

people love each other by their own race of bloods and mixed half for true love and at least for similar. I wish to go to France to find my true white pedal french cacuacian husband. Becuase i find them truthful and care. ANd some have white skin in europe only.

incommon on June 02, 2011:

In commom french cacuasian men have emotional and truthful and faithful. Some french men and women have beautiful skins only in Europe. The most beautiful white pedal skin men i saw it's some french cacuasian men and women for most. In common french people have sharp features less big face bone structures. In common their faces have emotionals and feelings.

romain pascal on May 23, 2011:

I don't know how i'm getting here. But I read your paper with attention.

Your description about frenchmen is flattering, I thank you for that ^^. (Yes I'm a French guy) .

As many said, not all frenchmen do this or that.

You use a lot of "Clichés" about France. It's an old idea that good fragrance, food, politeness,good way, charm, kiss is best in France .

This is not because the best french cooks are men that all men can cook ... We love good food, for sure!

Yes I drink beers, and as food, I like drink good beer and try Some news.

French youth that draws youth student English / Irish, at least I think.

Although I can assure you that ours parties are watered with rosy wine, whiskey, rum, vodka etc ...

For "expressive" side, um not at all. Me the first ^ ^. I'm not one to say openly and regularly "Je T'aime ". It Is a kind of protection to avoid being hurt if it is not reciprocal: (.

Well, I'm not going to contradict everything .... You understand with all the comments you got, you're doing a great amalgam of cliches about France and Frenchmen ^ ^.

But with the current situation in the U.S., it would be nice if more people had your vision of Frenchmen.

Aurevoir !

And yes, I have an accent, I come from south-eastern of France, Provence. (do you smell the lavender fragrance ?? ^^)

Amanda on May 20, 2011:

I've been in a relationship with a french guy for this 3,5 years, and guess what? we have it long distance from indonesia and france. How sucks it is :P But reading your post above makes me chuckle ^^ some are true.. even though my bf doesn't really cook, but his passion into food is just great. We can travel far only to visit a resto we've seen on a magazine and he knows how to make good drinks (using some i-dont-know herbs from his garden)! Well, he doesn't like to be called 'french guy' but somehow he just can't ignore it :P hand-kiss, those candy eyes, might not be too romantic but so intimate :P And still there things that I've heard belong to french guy.. they are always late and the stinky armpit might be true coz they sweat a lot hahaha! ^^

mslisa on May 16, 2011:

I loved this. I must get to France as soon as possible-maybe we can meet for some wine? :)

moncherie on May 07, 2011:

it is true indeed!French guy really is irresistible!i am malaysian,24 and i am dating a French guy (for almost 2 months now) which is a foreign exchange student in my master class.i have to admit that it is true i found every quality of relationship in French guy.every girls in school are so jealous but i can't help it! =p

well,for once in your life,you really have to try a French guy.i am happy to be with him and tho he's leaving in 3 weeks i think that i can keep things up with him,surely long distance relationship is not easy but hey,i would do just about everything!

and yeah it is true,French guy love to express everything especially saying that i am beautiful,everyday.he totally brought France to me.

french woman on May 01, 2011:

As a French women I don't want to break the myth but have you ever meet a french man? The description is flattering but they do drink beer and enjoy soccer as much as everywhere to my biggest regret ;-).

I admit though that chevalry is still strongly present and really apreciative.

Olivier on April 29, 2011:

I am French and even if I feel flattered by your description, I honnestly think you only see the good in us. But it is true that being French is very helpful to meet girls, especially in the US !

Loulovesherguy from England and France on April 14, 2011:

It's a sweeping statement ' Why are French Men so irresistible, they can't all be can they? haha. But I have to say my French boyfriend is totally irresistible. We've been together for almost 10 months and it is the most wonderful experience I have ever had in my life (I am 43 btw so I have lived a little)..He makes me feel so special, his love is so different from anything I have ever known. I love his gentleness, charm, good manners, passion, humour, directness.. oh the list could go on. He has changed my life, for the good. I get told I look 10 years younger..I don't ever want us to stop and I hope it never ever does...He is the perfect man for me... Merci mon G...

summerskye on April 10, 2011:

just met my first frenchman...10 years younger than Iam..Im asian by the way...we were together for 2 occasions only since he had to leave but those 2 nights were the MOST AMAZING i have ever had...he was sweet, so attentive, touching my face, and GOD those kisses, i can have it with him FOREVER! he smelled GOOD btw on all occasions...tells me how hot Iam, and just says what he feels...he was amazing in bed (SUPER ATTENTIVE) and he just left 2 days ago =( i dont know, but whoever says you should have at least one affair with a frenchman in your lifetime just placed a huge smile on my aiming for more actually...mathieu mi amor, thanks for the memories!

julien on April 05, 2011:

hahaha french men are irresistible...


Terrel on March 13, 2011:

You should add Louis Garrel to your list. He is a smart, talented, and beyond sexy french actor. Im gay and my boyfriend is french(born and raised in paris) and he lives in quebec canada and he is just perfect.

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